SOME FAQS ABOUT LEARNING TO DIVE:
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The full open water course starts from £425. Our most popular course is the Silver Course (£330) because for just a little more this allows you to learn using your own mask and snorkel, which we help you choose and fit. This price includes all the course materials, equipment use, certification costs, pool entrance and instruction. The only extras are transport costs to and from the dive sites and pool and also entrance to the dive sites which costs between £9 to £17 a day dependent on sites. This represents excellent value for money when you consider that the course takes 4 days to complete, costing just over £100 a day to become a fully certified diver.
The referral course starts from £265. This allows you to complete the theory and pool work over a single weekend with the aim of finishing your open water dives abroad. This option is great for people with little time and/or who don’t want to spend any holiday time in a classroom. The cost of completing the dives will be dependent on where you go.
DO I HAVE TO BE YOUNG AND FIT?
You don’t have to be super fit to dive. All it takes is a reasonable level of fitness, the ability to swim (you’ll need to be able to tread water for 10 mins and swim 200m, about 8 lengths of a normal sized swimming pool) and the completion of a medical statement. Scuba diving is open to anyone from the ages of 10 and up!
WHY SHOULD I LEARN IN THE UK?
There are a number of advantages to learning in the UK:
1. Time is a major factor. By getting certified here you’ll maximise your holiday dive time. The referral course saves you 1 to 2 days of holiday that you’d otherwise spend in the classroom and swimming pool. Even the open water dives involve a fair number of skills that you’ll do with an instructor. By completing the full course you can go abroad and go directly to fun diving.
2. As a certified diver you are qualified to dive in conditions as good or better than the ones in which you learned. If you learn abroad in warm, tropical water you won’t be able to come back go straight in the med or the coast off the UK, but vice versa most divers find that warm water diving is easy after completing the course here. By learning in the UK you are giving yourself an excellent grounding that will stand you in good stead for a wide range of conditions.
3. Fun! Diving in the UK can be an incredibly rewarding pass time. We have a huge number of fascinating wrecks all around the coast of the UK as well as coral, kelp gardens, lots of interesting sea life from crabs and lobsters to basking sharks and the opportunity to dive with seals. Check out our video of a recent club trip to the Farnes to see what we mean!
4. There has been a recent movement for more accountability in the origin of our food and particularly concern about over fishing and the sustainability of various types of commonly eaten seafood. On many UK dive trips it’s sometimes possible to collect scallops and crabs which you can then take home and eat. What could be more sustainable and delicious!
IS IT POSSIBLE TO FAIL THE COURSE?
Put simply, no. The idea is that any areas that you have problems with are worked on until you’re OK. You progress at your own pace. Most of the time the weekend allocated to each part of the course is more than adequate to complete all the skills. We always ensure that you work in small groups and if you do need a bit of extra help to complete a particular skill we can allocate further sessions until you’re happy.
DOES THE CERTIFICATION EXPIRE?
No, the certification is valid for life. If you go for some time without diving then it’s possible to do a ‘ReActivate’ or ‘refresher’ course which consists of a couple of hours in the pool going over the basic scuba skills. These courses are very popular prior to holidays.
MY EARS HURT WHEN I DIVE DOWN EITHER SNORKELLING OR TO THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL. WILL THIS PREVENT ME FROM DIVING?
No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you'll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.
IS DIVING DANGEROUS?
Again, the simple answer is no. The equipment that you use is simple and hard wearing and the training that you receive gives you all the skills necessary to deal with any unlikely incident. By diving conservatively and sticking to the rules millions of people dive safely throughout the world every year. You’re more likely to get injured riding a bicycle or playing golf!
I'VE SEEN GROUPON STYLE DEALS AND VOUCHERS FOR DIVING COURSES. DO YOU DO THOSE?
No, we have experimented in the past with these deals but the honest truth is that these rely on huge volumes of people and put a massive strain on the equipment, the instructors and the quality of the course. We would much rather concentrate on a smaller group of people and provide an excellent service that we can be proud of!